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Questions about upconversion

by clover_anahiem / April 21, 2006 2:32 AM PDT

This has been covered a bunch of times, I am sure, but in looking through the threads I could find no real simple, succinct answers....

I just purchased a new Sony SXRD 60" TV, it seemed to have the best picture in any store I went into. I needs to get an additional new DVD player to go into the family room. Is it worth buying one of the upconversion players? If I am right, the dvd players upconvert from 480p to 1080i then send over HDMI to my TV, which will then convert the 1080i to 1080p. Does this yield a better picture? Is there any reason to spend the extra $50 on the upconvert boxes?

Thanks,
Scott

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Questions about upconversion
by jcrobso / April 21, 2006 3:35 AM PDT

I assume that you have dvd player. How do the DVDs look on your set??? Bad, good, realy good????
Many HDTVs do NOT do a good job up upscanning dvd to thier native resoultion, then a upscaling DVD player will make a difference. If you are planing on getting a new DVD player anyway then get one the upscales. John

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upconversion dvd players
by klumsy53 / April 21, 2006 6:20 AM PDT

from what i understand if u have a 50 in hd tv or larger u need to get a hd-dvd or blu ray. if ur 60in or larger blu ray is probably even better. i have a 42 in plasma and i have done some research and found that the upconvert is the max resolution needed for a 42 in hdtv. a blu ray or an hd-dvd would basically be overkill. 42 in non lcd lack the line resolution to utilize all the capabilities of the blu ray or hd dvd. a 50 in or bigger however needs the additional resolution because they have more vertical and horizontal resolution. remember as with everything balance is the key worry about bottlenecks. overkill is unnecessary because it means ur not utilising its full capabilities. so the answer is no dont buy an upconvert dvd player wait and get an hd-dvd or blu ray player once they become affordable and just use ur regular dvd player with component or hdmi connection temporarily. because if u buy a upconvert u will be unhappy with its performance because ur can handle more vidio resolution.

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42" plasma,,,,,OK
by jcrobso / April 21, 2006 7:40 AM PDT

The native resoultion is probably 1024x768 or somethng close to that. So basicly 720p HDTV, and 1080i/p will be down converted to 720p by your TV set.
Does yout TV have HDMI? This will a important factor!
The native resolution of the TV is as important as the size of the TV.
The HD-DVD plyers will be able to output at 720p also.
But for now get the upscalling DVD player and wait for the HD-DVD wars to end. John

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